While monitoring radio and television programmes, the Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania (hereinafter – the RTCL) established that once again the programme „Sunday evening with Vladimir Solovjov“, broadcast on the channel “RTR Planeta” on 29 November 2015, allegedly instigated war and incitement to hatred. Such information is forbidden to be published by the Law of the Provision of Information to the Public (hereinafter – Law on PIP). The participants of the programme and particularly the vice-chairman of the Russian Duma Vladimir Žirinovsky, who is known for his ultra-nationalist views, while commenting the incident regarding the downed Russian warplane, escalated the conflict, urged bombing Turkey‘s army bases and its whole territory, provoked animosity with Poland.
The amendments of the Law on PIP, which came into force 1 October empower the RTCL and provide additional tools to act in a more effective and operative way when the disciplinary measures have to be applied to stop the legally forbidden content from being disseminated.
On 8 December, after the mentioned programme had been evaluated and discussed, the RTCL determined that the broadcast information infringed the provisions of the Law on PIP and for the purpose to effectively restrict the dissemination of the forbidden information provided by the broadcaster under foreign jurisdiction, took a decision to obligate the re-broadcasters under the Lithuanian jurisdiction to move the television programme “RTR Planeta” to the television programme packages provided only at an additional payment. The restriction established in the RTCL’s decision will be valid for 12 months since its coming into force, i. e. 10 December 2015.
The punishment measures for the same kind of infringements were already applied twice on the channel “RTR Planeta” before. In March 2014 access to the channel’s programme parts produced in the Russian Federation was restricted for 3 months, and in April this year the whole channel was suspended from being re-broadcast by the Lithuanian re-broadcasters for 3 months as well.